Outpatient Drug Rehab

Drug addiction is rampant in the United States today. In a report released by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2014, one in every 10 American adults has at one time abused illegal drugs. Drug addiction is a personal illness that damages the lives of people regardless of achievements, status, and level of authority. Addiction requires a specialized and individualized treatment to be successful. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are more than 14,500 treatment facilities in the US that specialize in treating drug abuse and addiction. Generally, there are two forms of drug rehabilitation. These are Outpatient Drug Rehab and Inpatient Drug Rehab.

In an outpatient drug rehab facility, patients just need to go to the drug rehabilitation center for counseling and treatment. Allowing them to continue to live at home and maintain their everyday duties with their family as well as allowing them to keep their jobs. Never the less, with more freedom the patient is more responsible for their sustained sobriety and growth. Typically this type of program lasts between one and three months. However, the duration of the treatment depends on the patient’s recovery progress which includes their physical and emotional health and their mental steadiness.

How Does Outpatient Drug Rehab Work?

As mentioned before, outpatient rehab is ideal for patients suffering from mild to moderate addiction or that have preexisting commitments, because they are just required to assist to the therapy sessions at the outpatient facility. During therapy, the patient will meet with a health professional that will be in charge of treating the mental health of the patient as well as helping the patient to handle the withdrawal symptoms. Basically, the treatment that the patient receives is the same as the treatment offered in a residential treatment center, but less intense and expensive.

The most significant difference between this type of treatment and the inpatient is that patients are exposed to external factors that can easily disrupt the recovery process. However, advocates of this type of therapy believe that outpatient rehab precisely measures the effectiveness of the given treatment, as well as the coping mechanisms of the patient because they are subjected to outside factors.

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Types of Outpatient Rehab

There are several types of outpatient rehab available. These treatments are based on the substance abused, the severity of the addiction as well as the stage of recovery. Depending on the assessment of the patient needs, the patient will be assigned to a particular treatment. There are three major classifications of the types of outpatient rehab. These are Day Treatment Program, Intensive Outpatient Programs, and Continuing Care Groups.

Day Treatment Program

This type of outpatient rehab program is the most intensive and structured. Patients under this program are required to visit the treatment facility for five to seven days per week. They can participate in a half-day or full day sessions. Because this type of program is planned, the patient’s schedule could include various activities.

This could include counseling, detoxification, therapies, and support groups to name a few. After each day’s session, the patient can return to the comfort of their home and spend time with loved ones. The duration of day treatment program differs depending on the condition of the patient.

Intensive Outpatient Programs

Compared to the day treatment programs, IOP or intensive outpatient programs are more flexible. Most often, outpatient treatment facilities offer a scheduled time for meetings. This could be during the day or evening depending on the preferred schedule of the patient. This is very advantageous especially if the patient has prior commitments at home, in school, or at work.

Scheduled meetings are common in intensive outpatient programs. These meetings each have goals on the patient’s recovery progress. As each goal is achieved, the meetings become less frequent.

This meetings could include:

  • 12-step recovery program
  • Counseling
  • Relapse handling sessions
  • Group therapy

This type of outpatient program is best for patients who have a stable and strong support group at home or at work. It will work best if the patient is serious about his recovery and committed to abstaining from the use of drugs and other substances.

Continuing Care Group

Continuing Care Group is the final part of the patient’s recovery. This treatment aids the recovering individual to uphold their sobriety while also helping them to set boundaries with people in the families and friends groups to better help them overcome addiction. Care groups serve as outlets where the recovering individual can share their achievements and the challenges that he faces on the road to recovery. The schedule of meetings in continuing care groups depends on the preference of the members. Most of the time, it is held once a week and lasts for an hour or more.

Its availability in a particular community depends on the patient’s location. If the patient is based in a large city, he may find more diverse support groups that he can join.

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Benefits of Outpatient Rehab

Over the past decades, there is an increased demand for outpatient rehab facilities. If you are planning to get yourself or your loved one a treatment option, it is important to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of the treatment you are considering. If you are thinking about availing services through an outpatient drug rehab program, here are several of its benefits:

Outpatient rehab is more affordable and less costly. The patient is not required to pay for the lodging that is charged in an inpatient rehab facility. The patient’s ability to live at their own home reduces the cost significantly. This is the kind of treatment someone who is physically or mentally disabled might be interested in attending.

This type of treatment facility offers flexibility. Most facilities adjust the schedules of their treatment programs based on the preference of the patient. This is great for patients who cannot easily leave their home or work.

This type of treatment program helps in faster recovery of the patient because of their ability to see and go home with their family. Loved ones can greatly influence the recovering patient to stay on the right track to recovery.

Patients in this program can also maintain a balance between duties and responsibilities at home, in school, or at work while getting the much-needed treatment.

Is Outpatient Rehab Right for You?

Like any other type of treatment, outpatient rehab is not for all types of patients. The program will still depend on the patient’s addiction history and their present condition with drugs, alcohol and other substances. Because of its flexible nature, outpatient rehab is ideal for patients suffering from lower level of addiction. It is also best for patients who can successfully live in a natural setting while undergoing treatment and recovery also those who have professional jobs that they wish not give up like pharmacists or firefighters.

An outpatient drug rehab treatment facility is ideal if:

  • You have a new or mild level of addiction
  • You have your addiction under control but need support or therapy occasionally
  • You cannot 100 percent stay in a residential type of treatment
  • Your condition at home is advantageous for your recovery
  • You are committed and motivated to push for recovery while maintaining a balance between life at home or at work
  • Outpatient drug rehab facility is not good for you if:
  • Your addiction is deep and has caused you to struggle for a long time
  • Your addiction requires daily medical assistance and intervention
  • You have a co-occurring illness like anxiety or depression
  • You have tried rehab in the past but was not able to achieve sobriety
  • Your life at home is not stable

It is important to find the best type of treatment facility that can help you or your loved one break free from abuse and addiction. The best way to know this is by consulting one of our medical professionals on Mountain Springs Recovery were our friendly and highly-trained staff will make an assessment to know the level of care that you need.

Call us now, our assessments are kept completely confidential to protect you or your loved one’s personal information. Through our assessment, you will know the type of treatment that you need before making a decision. You can also visit our website our alcohol and drugs rehab page to know more about the services we are offering.

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